[Job] Laura Grant Associates, Research Associate (Social Research and Evaluation) ??28k, clos 5 Oct 2010 #scicomm jobs

<<LGA – Research Associate.docx>>

Sorry for the flurry of jobs postings– was hoping to catch up with these over the weekend but BT Broadband had other ideas alas.

Laura Grant Associates

Research Associate, Social Research and Evaluation

http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/job/1026959/research-associate-social-research-and-evaluation/ ß can apply there, with CV, at Guardian Jobs 

Says Laura: "I am looking for a full time Research Associate to join me and my colleagues in evaluating public engagement and science communication programmes. The full ad has just gone up on Guardian Jobs"

Laura Grant Associates is an evaluation consultancy that works in public engagement, science communication, informal education and widening participation. We have a vacancy for a Research Associate to work on an initial portfolio of three of our current projects. We work closely with our clients to develop bespoke approaches to evaluating their projects and programmes. Our work is characterised by enthusiasm for evaluation and its benefits to organisations and projects of all sizes. We use both quantitative and qualitative approaches to evaluation, and most of our projects involve elements of each. We also value participatory work highly, and are often engaged to develop and deliver workshops that involve project participants, partners and stakeholders. See our website for example projects www.lauragrantassociates.co.uk

This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with good quantitative and qualitative skills to experience a variety of interesting and challenging projects with a broad range of high level clients. As part of our core team of two staff you will play a key role in building and representing the business. This also brings the potential to link future projects to your own areas of expertise and/or interest. It means that while your main responsibilities will be in conducting fieldwork and data analysis (both qualitative and quantitative) you will also be involved in the activities of the business at every other level, from data entry to client pitches and presentations. Our core team is small because we work with a network of Associates who are all experts in different areas of public engagement, education or research. We draw together teams of researchers for specific projects, so you will be working with different collaborators on different projects. We also deliver training, for example in various aspects of evaluation, which you would be expected to contribute to.

Most importantly, you will be a capable social researcher with experience in a range of data collection methods such as interviews, questionnaires and focus groups. Ideally we would also like someone with facilitation skills, to moderate focus groups and help lead our participatory sessions. As a Research Associate at LGA you could be conducting a focus group with eight-year-olds one day then interviewing university vice chancellors or politicians the next. So a professional and organised manner is essential. We also occasionally take on temporary fieldworkers, volunteers or other casual staff for particular projects, who you may be required to manage. You will need to have the confidence and communication skills to help enhance the reputation of the company at meetings, presentations and conferences. You will have very good written skills and be able to write for a range of audiences in different styles, from formal evaluation reports to web content or narrative case studies.

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